Maintaining strong family ties as an OFW

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Posted at Jul 29 2022 10:37 AM

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As of 2020, there were over 1.7 million overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). For them, the decision to venture abroad in search of greener pastures does not come without its difficulties. Aside from the challenges of adjusting to life in a foreign land, most struggle with homesickness, and not being able to keep in touch with family back home can be the hardest part. 

Fortunately, advancements in technology and mobile apps have made it easier to stay close to loved ones back home. Whilst internet infrastructure in the Philippines has significantly improved, having a fixed internet connection in each household is not viable for most, and every day, millions of Filipinos rely on prepaid mobile, for calls, texts and internet usage as their route to connecting with friends and family. 

The unique Filipino way

Filipinos are astute consumers and pre-paid mobile subscriptions are preferred by many, thanks to the flexibility to load by how much and as often needed, and the wider range of operator promotions, offered to consumers, helping subscribers to gain more control over their spending.

The prevalence of cash, combined with the fact that many are paid daily, means that the tingi-tingi culture remains alive and widespread. Whether it is buying food at the local sari-sari store, or loading a mobile phone, doing so in small and frequent quantities is common for Filipinos. Many mobile networks are aware of this and offer various promotions to accommodate. 

Supporting family is a high priority

OFWs are considered modern-day heroes and significant contributors to the growth of the Philippine economy.

Prepaid products like load make it easier for them to stay in contact with loved ones back home and have virtual family gatherings and "kumustahan". Sending load back home allows OFWs to stay in touch with their loved ones. It also gives their loved ones exactly what they need – the ability to make phone calls, text, use mobile data, or share the load with other family or friends, so they can be connected.

To date, Filipinos have sent more than eight million mobile loads to the phones of loved ones using Ding, an international load service provider that offers a fast way to send load worldwide. 

Sending load to the phones of loved ones in the Philippines with Ding is safe, fast, and easy:

1. Head to the Ding website or download the Ding App
2. Input the mobile number of that special someone
3. Choose the amount you would like to send
4. Select a payment method 
5. Send that gift 

Unlike recharge cards bought in local stores, Ding has no hidden charges on load, meaning what you send is what your loved one will get. Not only that, Ding sends load within 30 seconds. 

Send load home now to that special someone, so they know you are thinking of them and you can get straight to catching up.

Learn more about Ding and the other services they offer, visit their website and connect with them through their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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